With the dawn of the New Year upon us I decided to explore the possibilities of relocation and expansion. In this excessively informal post, I’ve taken a look at what some of the best concept jerseys are for teams that no longer exist, but should (or possible expansion teams). In each case, I’ve looked at numerous designs, courtesy of Icethetics.co and the forums over at Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net, and highlighted the ones that I would pick if I were the owner of a new franchise looking to establish its identity.
MONTREAL MAROONS/ MONTREAL WANDERERS
Granted the addition of a second Montreal franchise would never happen nowadays, there are a few excellent ideas for former Montreal teams. Montreal used to be home to two hockey teams, one marketed for the English speaking population and the other (the Montreal Canadiens) geared for the French speaking population. The last two team effort in Montreal began in 1924 and ended in 1938 with the failure of the Montreal Maroons, having suspended operations in 1938 and officially canceling the franchise in 1947. The Montreal Wanderers were one of the original NHL franchises in the 1917- 1918 season, but disbanded after having played 4 games in the regular season and forfeiting 2 more due to a fire that burned down their arena.
This design for the Maroons is substantial for the foundation of an aesthetic design that incorporates hockey history, where as the Wanderers jersey simply modernizes a uniform that barely saw the light of existence in the dawn of the National Hockey League. I chose to focus on a second Montreal team, instead of a second Toronto team, simply because I found better concept jerseys for them. If you’ve seen a great Toronto idea, let me know, or simply be the one to design it.
Personally, I’d use the Maroons third jersey as the basis for home and road uniforms. If you don’t like the words inside of the “M”, just get rid of them and you still have a good logo. I am attracted to the rest of the uniform because of its unique stripping pattern and use of maroon- a color that could be utilized more often on the ice.
The Wanderers, on the other hand, would have a classy jersey that sets them apart from others in the league. Depending upon its visibility, the home uniform might see the numbers on the back change from red with a white outline to being just white numbers. I am very much a fan of this design. Since it is unrealistic to think that a second Montreal team would be feasible these days, I’d hope some hockey team would take advantage of the concept ideas featured in this jersey. The stripping would look very classy on say, a high school team’s uniform.
As you can tell by now, I’m a fan of stripes that set apart a franchise from all the other franchises and generic “traditional” hockey jerseys. I think that you can have a traditional looking jersey in your own modernized fashion. Maybe not quite what the Carolina Hurricanes have strived for, but with the same good intentions in mind. When done right, it can make all the difference between your team and someone else’s.
So with this two for one special in mind, I hope you’re going to enjoy part 4 of this series, because it’s going places where the NHL has never gone before.